Event | Doctor’s Hours for Visual and Multidisciplinary Artists

Event | Doctor’s Hours for Visual and Multidisciplinary Artists

Are you a visual or multidisciplinary artist in need of some career advice? Register for a one-on-one session with an arts professional and get the feedback you need to build your artistic career.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce an upcoming session of Doctor’s Hours for Visual and Multidisciplinary Artists, a program designed to provide artists with practical and professional advice from arts consultants. Learn how to register for 20-minute, one-on-one appointments with up to three arts professionals to ask questions and receive actionable tips for advancing your arts career.

Title: Doctor’s Hours for Visual and Multidisciplinary Artists
Date and Time: Monday, July 17, 2017, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 
Location: New York Foundation for the Arts, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Cost: $38 per 20-minute appointment; 3-appointment limit per artist
RSVP: As of Wednesday, July 5 at 11:00 AM, registration is open via this online platform. We recommend refreshing your browser window to access the link.

Registration questions: Zahra Banyamerian, NYFA Learning, Program Associate, 212-366-6900 ext. 150 or Alicia Ehni, NYFA Learning, Program Associate, ext. 219

To make the most of your “Doctor’s Hours” appointment, read Tips & FAQ here. For questions, email [email protected].



Amara Antilla, Curatorial Assistant, Guggenheim
Amara Antilla joined the curatorial staff of the Guggenheim in September 2010. She has assisted on the museum’s retrospectives of Lee Ufan (2011), V. S. Gaitonde (2014), and Monir Farmanfarmaian (2015), and on the Berlin program of the BMW Guggenheim Lab, from 2011 – 2013. She also belongs to the curatorial team responsible for acquisitions and exhibitions focusing on contemporary art from South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Antilla has coordinated performances at the museum with OPAVIVARA!, Amalia Pica, Public Movement, and Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, and works with the Guggenheim’s Latin American Circle, which supports programming and acquisitions related to modern and contemporary art from Latin America. Independently, she has organized programs in partnership with Clark House Initiative, Mumbai; FD13, Saint Paul/New York; Northern Spark, Minneapolis; and N. K. Projekt, Berlin. Antilla was awarded an Asian Cultural Council grant for art history (2015–16) and served as curatorial adviser for Rewind at the Dhaka Art Summit (2016). She studied art history at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and is currently pursuing graduate work in art history at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Jan Garden Castro, Art Historian and Critic
Castro is a contributing editor at Sculpture Magazine (with 17 cover stories), Ceramics Art and Perception, and other periodicals; author of The Art & Life of Georgia O’Keeffe (Three Rivers Press, 1995) and Sonia Delaunay: La Moderne (Japan Association of Art Museums); and an arts lecturer, essayist, curator, and poet. Castro’s fields span art history, world literatures, and philosophy. Her writings, some viewable at www.sculpture.org and at http://www.jancastro.com, cover a range of topics, media, and world cultures. Castro has written about emerging to eminent artists including Louise Bourgeois, Zang Huan, Wangechi Mutu, Maya Lin, and Alexander McQueen to name a few. She’s researched art in Paris and Peru, and curated a traveling exhibition in Japan. Before moving to New York, Castro won two national awards as well as local awards as a co-founder, executive director, editor, and program director for River Styx, a St. Louis-based nonprofit arts corporation focusing on multicultural, interdisciplinary arts programs in performance and in print.

Rachel Gladfelter, Director, Pace Prints
Gladfelter is the director of Pace Prints in Chelsea, where she has coordinated projects from concept to exhibitions by Keith Haring, Jon Kessler, and Shepard Fairey, among others. An expert on print publishing, printmaking, and papermaking, she has lectured and taught classes on the subject extensively. Gladfelter has also curated and juried independent exhibitions in New York and abroad. Prior to her 9-year tenure with Pace Prints, she was the studio director at Dieu Donné, where she collaborated with contemporary artists in handmade paper.

Larry Ossei-Mensah, Critic and Curator
Ossei-Mensah is a seasoned marketer, cultural critic, and independent curator who has carved a distinct niche for himself within the cultural landscape. Ossei-Mensah has leveraged his almost two decades of experience working with such companies as Sony Music, FOX, Carat Media, and Viacom to develop a unique perspective on the socioeconomic impact of the arts on our society. Moreover, he has documented contemporary happenings for various publications including NeueJournal, Uptown, and Whitewall Magazine. Ossei-Mensah’s writings have profiled some of the most dynamic visual artists working today—Derrick Adams, Mickalene Thomas, Kehinde Wiley, Lorna Simpson, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Yinka Shonibare, and street artist JR. As a curator, Ossei-Mensah uses contemporary art and culture as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. He has organized exhibitions at commercial and nonprofit galleries featuring a roster of critically acclaimed artists including Firelei Baez, ruby amanze, Hugo McCloud, Brendan Fernandes, and Derek Fordjour. Ossei-Mensah is also the co-founder of ARTNOIR, a global collective of culturalists who design multimodal experiences aimed to engage this generation’s dynamic and diverse creative class. ARTNOIR serves as a tangible extension of Ossei-Mensah’s curatorial vision of “bridging cultural gaps” via the power of the arts. ARTNOIR has collaborated on a number of programs and initiatives with Open House New York, Moët Hennessy, Neuehouse, The New York Times, Random House, New York University, Wangechi Mutu, and Julie Mehretu just to name a few. Ossei-Mensah will be the 2017 Art Omi Critic-in-Residence and currently serves as co-chair of Russell Simmons’ RUSH Artist Advisory Board, a member of MoMA’s Friends of Education, and ICI’s Independents.

Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria, Co-Founder and Director of Operations, Residency Unlimited
Sanz de Santamaria has been living and working in New York City since 2001. He has been closely involved with the artist-run organization and arts collective Flux Factory, working in both the development of its programs as well as creatively through collaborations at institutions such as the Queens Museum of Arts and the New Museum. For five years he was assistant director of the International Residency Program at Location One. In 2009, together with Nathalie Angles, he co-founded Residency Unlimited as an artist-centered organization dedicated to producing customized artist residency structures to support the creation, presentation, and dissemination of contemporary art. After completing a preparatory year at the Academie Julien (Paris), Sanz de Santamaria received a BFA degree from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier District in Montpellier, France.

Xin Wang, Independent Curator
Wang is a curator and researcher based in New York. She has worked as a special exhibition researcher at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on projects such as Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China (2013). She was the associate curator for Asian Contemporary Art Week 2014 and the inaugural edition of its signature program “FIELD MEETING.” Independent projects include “Magiciens de la Terre and China: Looking Back 25 Years,” a panel co-organized with Asia Art Archive at Columbia University; the New York solo debut of artist Lu Yang (2014); critically-acclaimed group exhibitions THE BANK SHOW: Vive le Capital and THE BANKS SHOW: Hito Steyerl (2015) in Shanghai; and a performance art cabaret in New York titled “House of Flying Boobs” (2015). Her writing has appeared in exhibition catalogues including the 2015 Venice Biennale, artist monographs, and publications such as Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, the Metropolitan Museum’s blog, Hyperallergic, and Leap. She is currently building a discursive archive on Asian futurisms, among other research-based projects.

Sarah Walko, Director of Education and Community Outreach at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey
For the past twelve years, Walko has curated for institutions, non-profits, and independent projects. She served as director of two arts organizations and is a contributing writer on contemporary art, literature, and film for numerous publications including Hyperallergic, Eyes Towards the Dove, and Drain Magazine of Arts and Culture. She is currently writing a book of essays on contemporary art practices and cultural theory and is director of education and community outreach at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey. Prior to this position, she was the director of arts programming at Marble House Project, a new artists-in-residency program located in Dorset, Vermont, with a focus on multidisciplinary creative practices. She was also previously the executive director of Triangle Arts Association, a non-profit arts organization in Brooklyn, and a curator at Savannah College of Art and Design. Recent curatorial projects include Everything Else is too Narrow at Baerum Kunstall, Oslo; Advances and Retreats, Decomposing Hierarchies, and Crest and Trough public art video projections at Manhattan Bridge Anchorage, New York; and The World and its Things in the Middle of Their Intimacy, at Fridman Gallery, New York. Walko has a BA degree in studio art practices from the University of Maryland and an MFA degree from Savannah College of Art and Design. 

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Images: Doctor’s Hours in Spanish, June 2017. Photo Credit: NYFA.

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